Clinton Quotes ...

"I'm Bill Clinton and I think you deserve a change. That's why I've offered a plan to get the economy moving again, starting with a middle-class tax cut..."

    --Bill Clinton campaign commercial, 1/16/92

"I want to make it very clear that this middle class tax cut, in my view, is central to any attempt we're going to make to have a short-term economic strategy and a longterm fairness strategy which is part of getting this country going again."

    --Bill Clinton, New Hampshire primary debate, 1/19/92

"From New Hampshire forward, for reasons that absolutely mystified me, the press thought the most important issue in the race was the middle class tax cut"

    --President-elect Bill Clinton, news conference, 1/14/93

"...I will tell you this: I will not raise taxes on the middle-class to pay for these programs."

    --Bill Clinton, presidential debate, 10/19/92

"To middle-class Americans who have paid a great deal over the last 12 years and from whom I ask a contribution tonight..."

    --Bill Clinton, announcing the largest tax increase in history, State of the
              Union address, 2/17/93

"Probably there are people in this room still mad at me at that budget because you think I raised your taxes too much. It might surprise you to know that I think I raised them too much too."

    --Bill Clinton, remarks at Houston fund- raiser, 10/17/95

"I take full responsibility, proudly, for what we did. It [raising taxes] was the right thing to do."

    --Bill Clinton, press conference, 10/19/95

(Taken from the GOP Talking Points from January 31, 1996.)

"[W]hen I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale."

    --Candidate Bill Clinton (The New York Times, 3/30/92)

Broken Promises From the President
"I believe you deserve more than 30-second ads or vague promises. That's
why I've offered a comprehensive plan to get our economy moving again. It
starts with a tax cut for the middle class and asks the rich to pay their
fair share again."
Clinton's first campaign ad, January 1992.
"We will lower the tax burden on middle class Americans by asking the very
wealthy to pay their fair share. Middle class taxpayers will have a choice
between a children's tax credit or a significant reduction in their income
tax rate."
Putting People First, September 1992.
"I will not raise taxes on the middle class to pay for these programs. If
the money does not come in there to pay for these programs, we will cut
other government spending or we will slow down the phase-in of these
programs. I am not gonna raise taxes on the middle class to pay for these
October 19, 1992.
"From New Hampshire forward, for reasons that absolutely mystified me, the
press thought the most important issue in the race was the middle class tax
cut. I never did meet any voter who thought that."
January 14, 1993.
"To middle class Americans who have paid a great deal for the last 12 years
and from whom I ask a contribution tonight..."
February 17, 1993.
"You know what my plan is, to raise taxes on people whose incomes are above
July 13, 1992.
The new 36 percent Clinton tax rate takes effect on couples earning more
than $140,000 and individuals making more than $115,000.
P.L. 103-66, Clinton's Tax and Spend Plan.
"I would present a five-year plan to balance the budget."
June 4, 1992.
"This budget plan, by contrast, will by 1997 cut $140 billion in that year
alone from the deficit."
February 17, 1993.
"The plan not only pays for every penny in new investment with new savings
but -- even with modest growth estimates -- will cut the deficit in half by
Putting People First, September 1992.
Deficit, assuming baseline economics, FY 1997: $214 billion. Deficit,
assuming Administration economics, FY 1997: $181 billion.
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 1994, p. 2.
"I can't [avoid raising taxes on the middle class] because the deficit has
increased so much, beyond my earlier estimates..."
February 17, 1993.
"[S]enior Administration officials, including Bentsen and Panetta, concede
that the professed shock at higher deficit estimates issued after the
election was largely feigned. Moreover, the new Clinton team issued initial
budget projections soon after taking office that put absolutely the worst
face possible on the deficit outlook, manipulating data to reinforce the
impression that Bush had left Clinton with a fiscal nightmare."
Los Angeles Times, April 24, 1994, p. D1.
"Oppose federal excise gas tax increases. Instead of a backbreaking federal
gas tax, we should try conservation, increased use of natural gas, and
increased use of alternative fuels."
Putting People First, September 1992.
"I think -- you know, raising taxes on Social Security recipients or middle
class people, the fifty-cent [Perot] gas tax and all these tax increases
when the economy is not growing is an error."
October 23, 1992.
After President Clinton realized he could not gain enough support for his
proposed Btu tax (which would have, among other things, imposed a tax of
about 7.5 cents per gallon for gasoline and 8.3 cents per gallon for
diesel), he had to accept a smaller tax that was agreed to in the Senate
and passed by Congress: a 4.3-cents-per-gallon motor fuels tax. The law
also extends a 2.5-cent gas tax set to expire in 1995.
P.L. 103-66, Clinton's Tax and Spend Plan.
"I don't think we should raise corporate tax rates, [but I think we should
give corporations more incentives to invest in this country]."
July 13, 1992.
President Clinton's original plan would have raised the top marginal rate
for corporate income taxes to 36 percent, but Congress would only agree to
raise it to 35 percent (the current rate is 34 percent).
P.L. 103-66, Clinton's Tax and Spend Plan.
"[W]e need real welfare reform.... I recommend, number one, that you
require people to take jobs."
May 6, 1992.
"And I have a plan to do even better, to end welfare as we know it . . ."
August 12, 1992.
"The Clinton plan gives welfare recipients two years of benefits before any
work requirement is imposed, and imposes time limits and work requirements
on only about 20% of recipients. Under the Clinton plan, after two years of
welfare checks, recipients could be indefinitely supported by a
government-subsidized paycheck."
Bob Dole News Release, June 14, 1994.
"We will condition favorable trade terms with repressive regimes--such as
China's Communist regime--on respect for human rights, political
liberalization, and responsible international conduct."
Putting People First, September 1992.
"We will link China's trading privileges to its human rights record and its
conduct on trade and weapon sales."
August 13, 1992.
"I am moving, therefore, to delink human rights from the annual extension
of most-favored nation trading status for China."
May 26, 1994.
"I am appalled by the decision of the Bush administration to pick up
fleeing Haitians on the high seas and forcibly return them to Haiti before
considering their claim to political asylum.... If I were President, I
would -- in the absence of clear and compelling evidence that they weren't
political refugees -- give them temporary asylum until we restored the
elected government of Haiti."
May 27, 1992.
"For Haitians who do seek to leave Haiti, boat departure is a terrible and
dangerous choice.... For this reason, the practice of returning those who
fled Haiti by boat will continue, for the time being, after I become
President. Those who do leave boat will be stopped and directly
returned by the United States Coast Guard."
January 14, 1993.
"I have no intention of asking our young people in go in there
to do anything other than implement a peace agreement..."
October 13, 1993.
"...I think that we cannot afford to discount the prospect of a military
option [in Haiti]."
May 3, 1994.
"We will make the U.S. the catalyst for a collective stand against
aggression, the action I have urged in response to Serbian aggression in
Bosnia . . ."
August 13, 1992.
"I think we should act. We should lead. The United States should lead."
April 23, 1993.
"I cannot unilaterally lift the arms embargo [on Bosnia].... Our allies
decided that they weren't prepared to go that far this time."
June 15, 1993.
"The United Nations controls what happens in Bosnia."
June 15, 1993.
"The ultimate goal is to make sure that the United Nations can fulfill its
mission there and continue to work with the Somalis toward nation
June 16, 1993.
"The U.S. military mission is not now nor was it ever one of `nation
October 13, 1993.
"...we're also overtaxing it [Social Security] today by about $65 billion
to $70 billion to make our deficit look smaller. So I think the last thing
we want to do is to divide the American people against one another again by
carving up Social Security."
December 22, 1991.
"I think -- you know, raising taxes on Social Security recipients or middle
class people, the fifty-cent [Perot] gas tax and all these tax increases
when the economy is not growing is an error."
October 23, 1992.
Clinton's original plan taxed 85 percent (rather than the current 50
percent) of Social Security benefits for couples earning more than $32,000
and individuals earning more than $25,000. However, that was too much even
for Congress to handle, so during conference the threshold was raised to
$44,000 for couples and $34,000 for individuals.
P.L. 103-66, Clinton's Tax and Spend Plan.
"This country doesn't need a new program for every problem, and we won't
get change simply by spending more on programs already on the books."
April 16, 1992.
"In spending, the stimulus program provides additional budget authority
equal to $16.3 billion."
A Vision of Change for America, February 17, 1993.
"It's long past time to clean up Washington. The last twelve years were
nothing less than an extended hunting season for high-priced lobbyists and
Washington influence peddlers. On streets where statesmen once strolled, a
never-ending stream of money now changes hands -- tying the hands of those
elected to lead."
Putting People First, September 1992.
"Inside Schmoozers Line Up...Three of Clinton's top appointments were
lobbyists: Commerce Secretary Ron Brown...U.S. Trade Representative Mickey
Kantor...and Veterans' Affairs Director Jesse Brown."
Cleveland Plain-Dealer, February 8, 1993, p. 1A.
 "But in a recognition of the fact that lobbyists constitute a fertile
source of fund-raising, Clinton will accept contributions [to his legal
defense fund] of up to $1,000 annually from the Washington lobbyists whose
activities he decried during the campaign and since taking office."
Washington Post, June 29, 1994, p. A1.
"I wouldn't restrict myself to having just half the Cabinet be women. I
might want more."
February 29, 1992.
Currently, 3 out of 14 Cabinet members are women, or 21 percent. If the EPA
becomes a cabinet department, the number will increase to 4 of 15, or 26
percent. If the UN Ambassador is counted, then just 31 percent of the
Cabinet is female (5 out of 16).
Information as of November 19, 1993.
"We will reduce the White House staff by 25 percent..."
Putting People First, September 1992.
"What the cuts [to White House staff] have become, instead, is a struggle
to make the numbers come out right, a study in creative definitions of what
constitutes the White House staff, and a flurry of pink slips sent to
career workers...Figures provided by the White increases in
spending on the White House office staff, the vice president's staff, the
Office of Administration, the Domestic policy office and the National
Security Council...The Office of Management and Budget and the office of
the U.S. Trade Representative, show slight increases as well. Where the
major saving occurs is in the Office of National Drug Control Policy, where
$76 million in its `forfeiture fund' has been reduced to $28 million, and
staff--all career workers in the anti-drug field--has been reduced from 112
to 25 for a total savings of nearly $60 million."
Washington Post, September 30, 1993, p. A1.
"To eliminate pork-barrel projects and cut government waste, we will ask
Congress to give the President the line item veto."
Putting People First, September 1992.
To date, the administration has sent no line-item veto proposal to
July 1, 1994.
"[President Bush] hasn't fought a real war on crime and drugs. I will."
July 16, 1992.
"I never thought I'd miss Nancy Reagan. There can't be a rating [on the
Clinton drug policy] when there hasn't been a performance."
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), April 24, 1993.
Clinton reduced funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy
(drug czar) to $5.8 million (FY 1993 funding level was $103 million).
Budget of the United States Government for FY 1994, p. A-222.
"If I catch anybody using the State Department like that [searching files]
when I'm president, you won't have to wait till after the election to see
them gone...I just want you to know that the State Department of this
country is not going to be fooling with Bill Clinton's politics, and if I
catch anybody doing it I will fire them the next day; you won't have to
have an inquiry or rigmarole or anything else..."
November 12, 1992.
"The State Department's inspector general has been asked to investigate
whether the Privacy Act may have been violated when information from
personnel files of former Bush administration political appointees at the
department was examined and disseminated...personnel folders of two former
Bush officials, Jennifer Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Tamposi, had been
Washington Post, September 3, 1993, p. A1.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher "fired two lower-level State
department political employees for their involvement in the retrieval and
disclosure in September of information from Bush administration personnel
files...." Friday, November 10, 69 days after their actions were first
Washington Post, November 11, p. A10.
"We need to put...more criminals behind bars."
Putting People First, September 1992.
"Reduce prison construction. Cut $580 million from FY 1994-98."
A Vision of Change for America, February 17, 1993, p. 123.
"New [prison] Construction: FY 1993 estimate: $771.8 million; FY 1994
estimate: $501.7 million."
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 1994, Appendix-777.
"Fight crime by putting 100,000 new police officers on the streets."
Putting People First, September 1992.
"Clinton Crime Plan Falls Far Short on Cops: Bill Clinton campaigned for
president promising to put 100,000 more police on the nation's streets by
1996, but the crime package he sent to Congress calls for only half that
number. What's more, Clinton's package authorizes $3.4 billion for more
cops over a six-year period, or $650 million per year beginning next year.
That's enough to pay the salaries of only 13,000 police at the average
national cost in salary and benefits of $50,000 per year, and even less in
big cities where costs are higher--and crime is at its worst."
Roll Call, October 7, 1993, p. 11.
"We should build on the success of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and
expand our successful surrogate broadcasting."
October 1, 1992.
"The Budget reflects the President's decision to consolidate U.S.
international broadcasting and achieve significant savings by eliminating
administrative overlap and duplication...In the past, this account provided
funds for the construction of a new radio relay station in Israel. The
Administration has decided to cancel this project in 1993."
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 1994, Appendix-1042.
"Expand our efforts to acquire new parklands and recreational sites with
funds already available."
Putting People First, September 1992.
"Clinton Backs Off Campaign Promise to Purchase More Park Land...Clinton's
proposed 1994 budget released today seeks $208 million for land
acquisition, down from the $366 million President Bush sought last year."
Associated Press, April 8, 1993.
26. 100 DAYS:
"I intend to have a legislative program ready on the desk of Congress on
the day after I'm inaugurated. I intend to have an explosive 100-day action
June 23, 1992.
"People of the press are expecting [us] to have some 100-day program. We
never ever had one."
Dee Dee Myers, January 12, 1993.
" I am going to stop handing down mandates to you and regulating you to
June 22, 1992.
Instead of following through on promises of fewer federal mandates and
regulations, President Clinton on January 22 abolished the Competitiveness
Council, whose regulatory reform efforts promised to yield more than $20
billion in annual savings and save or create an estimated 200,000 jobs.
President Clinton signed into law the Family Medical Leave Act and the
Motor Voter bill, both which impose huge mandates, the first on small
businesses, the second on state governments. The Clinton health care
proposal would impose sweeping new mandates.

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